It wasn’t the most exciting affair, but Logan Storley was able to grind Joaquin Buckley to a one-sided decision at Bellator 197.
Flying somewhat under the radar at Bellator 197 was welterweight prospect Lgan Storley. One of the many young Bellator talents on the rise, Storely got a lot of attention early in his career thanks to being a protege of sorts to Brock Lesnar. However, the 7-0 wrestling standout was a very different fighter than the former UFC champ.
Opposite Storley in the Bellator cage was Joaquin Buckley, 3-1 in Bellator with eight wins overall. Buckley headed to St. Charles, MO on a two fight win streak, and represented a real test of where Storley was at in his development.
Surprisingly absolutely no one, Storley got this one to the ground early, and spent plenty of time on top, controlling the action. He stayed active enough to avoid a stand-up, and when Buckley did manage to get to one knee around the mid-way mark of the first round, Storley was all over him. Soon enough, Buckley was back down, and Logan Storley remained in full control.
Round two saw Storley go right back to his game plan, taking Buckley down, neutralizing him and controlling him once again. Joaquin Buckley was unable to make it back to his feet, and again, Storley did just enough to keep the fight from being stood up.
In round three, Buckley tried to make things interesting, rushing out to open the round with a flying kick, then fighting off a takedown and looking to grab Storley’s arm for a potential submission attempt. Yet soon enough, Storley was back in control. Before long, he had moved to side control. Storley, as in the first two rounds, did little in the way of damage, but stayed active, stayed in control, and added some knees to the body when he could.
The name of the game was control, and Logan Storley did just that, earning a unanimous decision win that was never in doubt.
Logan Storley def. Joaquin Buckley by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)